Chapel Choir

Chapel ChoirThe Chapel Choir has a rich history at First United Methodist Church. It has led Sunday worship at the 9:30 Sunday morning service during the school year since 1960. It is open to all high school youth regardless of musical abilities or background.

For the past 44 years, the choir has participated on a week-long Spring Break musical trip spreading God’s message in words and song to congregations throughout North America, including such places as New York City, Boston, Denver, St. Simon’s Island, Memphis, Pensacola, Nashville, Toronto, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Ft. Worth, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Wilmington, and many communities in between. The 2018 tour will take place March 24, 2018  - March 31, 2018. The choir will be heading to Savannah, Georgia this year.

Choir members practice Sunday morning after the 9:30 worship service as well as Wednesday night in preparation of their Christmas Concert and choir tour. Members also give their time through fundraising and mission trip activities at church. The youth are actively involved at their schools in athletics, speech, band, choir, dance, and many clubs.

The Chapel Choir goals are to:

  • Share our faith in Jesus Christ through our music and our actions.
  • Learn to participate in the leading of a Worship Service.
  • Grow in our music skills through our rehearsal and performance schedule.
  • Develop new relationships within our own group
  • Learn to participate in and contribute to a large, diversified group.

The Chapel Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.

Choir Director: 
Nick Loos, Director
Accompanist: 
Kevin Zehme
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 11:00pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 8:00am
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 4:00pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed May 16 2018 except Wed Nov 22 2017, Wed Dec 27 2017, Wed Jan 03 2018, Wed Mar 28 2018.

News and Events

Meet our new Chapel Choir Director

Chad GoetzWe are so very pleased and excited to announce the employment of our new Chapel Choir Director, Chad Goetz. He comes to us with amazing credentials and energy! Chad graduated from Millikin University in 2005 where he majored in Vocal Music Education and had the pleasure of singing in the internationally acclaimed Millikin University Choir. He hopes to complete his Masters Degree in Music Education from Vandercook College in July of 2012. Currently he is the Director of Choral Activities at Lockport Township High School where he has been employed since graduating. For the past 6 years he has worked diligently to grow the LTHS Choral Department in size and quality and now oversees a program of 14 ensembles and approximately 300 students. Along with being the Director of Choral Activities, Chad also teaches AP Music Theory, is Director of the school musical and is the Assistant Director of Lockport’s 4-time state qualifying Group Interpretation team.

His enthusiastic and energetic teaching style is a direct result of his love of music and passion for teaching. When not teaching or directing, Chad is an avid golfer and a wannabe chef. Welcome to our church family Chad!

Chapel Choir Accompanist

Pianist needed to company Chapel Choir (high school age youth) for Wednesday night practices, weekly Sunday church services , Christmas Concert, and spring week-long tour. (Nine-month appointment)

If you know of anyone who might be interested and has skills related to either of the following part-time positions, please contact the church office (630.968.7120) for more information or to provide a suggestion/name to contact.

Church staff position available

Chapel Choir Director

First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove is seeking a Youth Choir Director to organize and manage all aspects of its renowned Chapel Choir Program. The responsibilities include but are not limited to rehearsals, the Worship Service, Christmas Concert and the Spring Break Choir tour.  The successful candidate will have professional training in music/music education, experience in choral conducting and ideally experience in working with high school age youth.  An experienced team of Pastors, adult leaders and church staff will both interface with and support the Chapel Choir Director in his/her musical endeavors.  

Interested parties should send resumes to Ward Feste for consideration.

Hosts Needed for Visiting Choir

Revelation ChoirHome stays with host families have always been an important part of Chapel Choir tours. It has also allowed us to keep tour fees reasonable and for our youth to interact with members of other congregations. Now it's our turn. On Tuesday, June 14, our church will host the Revelation Choir from Custer Road UMC in Plano, TX. We need help with dinner preparation, housing and attendance for their concert. So far, only seven families have offered beds for the nights. Please contact Don Dunham (630-968-7120 x 210) if you are willing to assist or want more details.

40th Annual Chapel Choir Tour

The Chapel Choir started their 40th Annual Spring Break Tour on Sunday evening at Gary Memorial UMC in Wheaton. It was a great night. The youth group at Gary Church greeted us warmly with a pizza dinner. They sat at table with our students and strangers became friends. It felt like we were really on tour.

On Saturday, March 26 we will pack two 45 passenger motor coaches, the technical term for buses, and head east!

  • First stop the University of Michigan for lunch and tee shirts. Then to the Pontiac MI area, a concert at Waterford Central UMC Saturday evening.
  • Worship at both Grace & Peace UMC and Four Towns UMCs on Sunday and an afternoon at the Henry Ford Museum.
  • Monday we cross the border at Sarnia ON, Lunch in London and singing at St Paul’s United Church in Oakville ON.
  • Tuesday we play in Niagara Falls.
  • Wednesday we arrive in Toronto for a concert at Humber Valley United Church.
  • For years, the choir has wanted a beach, so on Thursday we’ll goback to Niagara Falls and spend the morning at an indoor water park. A concert at First Baptist Church of London ON Thursday evening will be our last in Canada.
  • On Friday, we enter the USA at Port Huron MI. Our last tour concert will be at First UMC Birmingham MI.

Watch for updates on the DGFUMC web site!!

Come see the Chapel Choir perform their tour concert here at home on Sunday, April 3 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

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